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Murray M. Humphries

Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology
Director of Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE)
Institut Nordique du Quebec (INQ) McGill Chair in Northern Research
Member of the Quebec Center for Biodiversity Science (QCBS)

Department of Natural Resource Sciences
McGill University, Macdonald Campus
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada H9X 3V9

Office: MS3-067 Macdonald Stewart Bldg
E-mail: murray.humphries(at)
Phone: (514) 398-7885
Fax: (514) 398-7990

Student Lab : B-5 CINE Bldg
Tel: (514) 398-8637

NSERC PDF. 2002. University of Aberdeen (John Speakman) and University of Alberta (Stan Boutin).
PhD. 2001. McGill University (Don Kramer) and Sherbrooke University (Don Thomas).
MSc. 1996. University of Alberta (Stan Boutin).
BSc. (hons.) 1993. University of Manitoba (Bob MacArthur).

I'm from Brandon, Manitoba, and since 2003, I'm a teacher and researcher at McGill University, in the department of Natural Resource Sciences (located on the Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue). I've been a NSERC Northern Research Chair between 2006 and 2013 and have become the director of CINE. I'm currently teaching Natural History of the Vertebrates (Fall, WILD-307) and Mammalogy (Winter, WILD-350) and I'm a co-instructor of Wildlife and Fisheries Management (Fall, WILD-401). I currently supervise a diversified lab including undergraduate, MSc and PhD students (Click here to visit our People Section).

I recently became the Institut Nordique du Québec McGill Chair in Northern Research - Wildlife conservation and Traditional Food Security. This chair will focus on the protection and sustainable development of northern Quebec’s natural resources. In particular, research will focus on how resource development and other forms of environmental change impact the abundance and health of northern wildlife populations and their contribution to traditional food security.

I am the McGill co-lead, with Stan Boutin of the University of Alberta, of an NSERC CREATE graduate training program in Environmental Innovation. Through this program we are currently training graduate students with knowledge of and relationships with industry, government, and aboriginal organizations required for career-long contributions to culturally-, environmentally- and economically-sustainable resource development in northern Canada.

Most of our lab research (Click here to visit our Research Section) focuses on mammal ecology and energetics across Canada’s North and on understanding the impacts of environmental change on northern wildlife. We use a wide range of methods, both in the lab and in the field, ranging from respirometry-based measures of metabolism to simple behavioural observations. In collaboration with northern communities, we also try to integrate traditional and scientific ecological knowledge to develop community-based wildlife monitoring programs that are closely connected to northern traditional food security.

Representative Publications (students in bold)

  • Studd, E. K., S. Boutin, A.G. McAdam, M.M. Humphries. 2016. Nest attendance of lactating red squirrels: influences of biological and environmental correlates. Journal of Mammalogy 97(3):806-814.

  • McMeans, B.C., K.S. McCann, M.M. Humphries, N. Rooney, A.T. Fisk. 2015. Food Web Structure in Temporally-Forced Ecosystems. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30(11): 662-672

  • Humphries, M.M., K.S. McCann. 2014. Metabolic ecology. Journal of Animal Ecology 83:7-19.

  • Brunet, N., G. Hickey, M.M. Humphries. 2014. The evolution of local participation and the mode of knowledge production in Arctic research. Ecology and Society 19:69-84

  • Fletcher, Q.E., J.R. Speakman, S. Boutin, A.G. McAdam, S.B. Woods, M.M. Humphries. 2012. Seasonal stage differences overwhelm environmental and individual factors as determinants of energy expenditure in free-ranging red squirrels. Functional Ecology 26:677-687.

  • Samson, J., D. Berteaux, B.J. McGill, M.M. Humphries. 2011. Geographic disparities and moral hazards in the predicted impacts of climate change on human populations. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 20:532-544.

  • Jarema, S.I., J. Samson, B.J. McGill, M.M. Humphries. 2009. Variation in abundance across a species’ range predicts climate change responses in the range interior will exceed those at the edge: a case study with North American beaver. Global Change Biology, 15:508-522.

  • Landry-Cuerrier, M., D. Munro, D.W. Thomas, M.M. Humphries. 2008. Microclimate and resource determinants of the fundamental and realized metabolic niches of hibernating chipmunks. Ecology, 89:3306-3316.

  • Careau, V., D.W. Thomas, M.M. Humphries, D. Reale. 2008. Energy metabolism and animal personality. Oikos, 117:641-653.

  • Boutin, S., L.A. Wauters, A.G. McAdam, M.M. Humphries, G. Tosi, A.A. Dhondt. 2006. Anticipatory reproduction and population growth in seed predators. Science, 314:1928-1930.

  • Humphries, M.M., D.W. Thomas, D.L. Kramer. 2003. The role of energy availability in mammalian hibernation: a cost-benefit approach. Physiological & Biochemical Zoology, 76:165-179.

  • Humphries, M.M., D.W. Thomas, J.R. Speakman. 2002. Climate-mediated energetic constraints on the distribution of hibernating mammals. Nature, 418:313-316

Other Representative Contributions

  • Kuhnlein, H.V. and M.M. Humphries. 2017. Traditional Animal Foods of Indigenous Peoples of Northern North America: Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment, McGill University, Montreal.

  • Brammer, J. and M.M. Humphries. 2015. Mammal ecology as an indicator of climate change. In Climate Change: Observed Impacts on Planet Earth. 2nd Ed. T. Letcher, Ed., Elsevier, New York.

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Created: November 2005
Last Updated: February 2017